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David Waterston
30 - 44
An east-west aligned stone cist contained the remains of a partially disarticulated adult male skeleton aged 50-60 years. A white quartz pebble was associated. The skeleton exhibited an ante-mortem injury to the pelvis and left femur, chronic infection and peri-mortem trauma to the skull and the spine.
James Edward Cree
45 - 47
A bronze sword purchased by the author is believed to be one of a group of 14 or 15 which formed a hoard discovered in the 19th century. The provenance of the socketed axe is unknown.
W D Simpson
48 - 103
Corgarff Castle began as a rubble-built tower in the 16th century and was extensively remodelled after the Jacobite Rebellion. The author presents a detailed architectural account based on a survey of the remains and earlier plans. A detailed historical account highlights the confusion in some documentary sources between Corgarff and Towie Castles.
J B Mason
111 - 115
Finds from Lauriston Scaurs include arrowheads, scrapers, cores, fragments of mediaeval pottery, a silver penny of Henry III, two lead whorls, several seventeenth-century coins in poor condition, some gun flints, and an elfin pipe-head of a very early type. At South Common Farm a knife, a scraper, two barbed arrow-heads, flakes, cores, scrapers, two pigmy implements and part of a jet armlet were recovered. Finds from the farms at Smedheugh, Greenhead, Greenhill and Whitelaw comprise a similar range of flint tools and jet armlet fragments. Pitchstone was present at all the locations.
R S G Anderson
115 - 122
Two carved slabs built into farm buildings at Boghouse were removed and taken to Whithorn Museum. Both had incised crosses and a variety of other symbols. A cup-and-ring marked outcrop was discovered at Drummoral while a second at Knock, Glasserton had a series of carved spirals.
A D Lacaille
122 - 142
The Capelrig Cross is the shaft of a free-standing cross in its original socket which has been removed to Kelvingrove Museum. The decoration on all four surfaces is double beaded interlaced work which is poorly preserved. The ruined chapel of St Blane was a plain rectangular building. A nearby boulder is carved with two incised stones. A recumbant slab in the churchyard at Kilmaronock displays a cross, a sword, circles and a series of squares.
James S Richardson
143 - 162
The disc-headed cross, which survived in three fragments was re-asssembled and erected in what was though to be its original location. It bears the date 1516 and carvings include the crucified saviour on the front and a heraldic shield on the back bearing the arms of Archibald Campbell. The figure of Christ is thought to have much in common with the style of French ivory carvings of the 14th century. The article includes a detailed account of the three classes of cross-heads bearing crucifixion scenes with numerous examples
J G Callander
James Edward Cree
James Ritchie
169 - 172
Excavation revealed a deposit of reindeer antlers representing more than 400 individual deer. Some antler was worked. Bones of the cave bear and the Arctic Fox were also recovered. More recent activity was represented by two human skeletons, an awl and a pin.
W M Mackenzie
173 - 191
The Oykell Bridge stone is proved to be a 19th-century fake, A bracket inserted in the interior of the entrance wall of a chapel depicts the arms of Haldane of Gleneagles impaled with Erksine. It probably records a marriage of 1518. The Kindrochit engraved silver-gilt brooch is interpreted as a love-token with a French inscription. The Atholl Motto at Balvenie Castle is re-interpreted as "Furth fortune and fill the ferter" where ferter is a small box or casket. The 17th-century slab and its link to the life of Sir Thomas of Urquhart is considered. The second slightly earlier slab was probably commissioned by his father.
Arthur J H Edwards
Thomas H Bryce
196 - 209
Further excavation at Ackergill near Wick revealed a further five long cists containing extended burials. Three of the cists were located within kerbed four-sided enclosures beneath a single mound. A smaller adjacent mound sealed the other two cists. The stone-built earth-house consisted of two curvilinear chambers and a passageway. A layer of clay covered the floor and parts of the walls. A midden located nearby included pottery sherds, animal and fish bones. The grave at Reay contained an extended male skeleton buried with an iron axe, shield boss, sickle, bronze ring-headed pin and a whetstone.
John Malcolm Bulloch
210 - 222
The family of Gordon came to Aberdeenshire from the Borders in the 14th century. Part of the family settled in the wild region of Inveraven and soon adopted the manners of the original inhabitants who were mainly caterans or vagabonds. The article gives an account based on documentary sources of some of their illegal activities which included raiding and murder.
W W Naismith
222 - 223
An outcrop of rock near Moulin is in an elevated position with a good view of the Tummel and Tay valley. The are 14 cups carved into the rock. One set of 5 cups, and another set of 3, lie in two straight lines running as nearly as possible east and west. A prominent perched block near Badvo Cottage has 21 or 22 cups, three of which are in a straight line.
William Thomson
224 - 233
An account of miscellaneous antiquities including Carn Ban chambered cairn, dolmens at Achnacree, a monument to Lord Nelson at Cnoc Aingeal, a 'christening stone' near the reputed site of the chapel of St Chiaran and a probable stone circle with cup marks at Clach nan Toll.
William Kirkness
238 - 240
A stone-built short cist of the double chambered variety contained cremated human bone but no other artefacts. It is very similar in form to cists from Isbister and Crantit. The landowner reported that other cists had been found in the vicinity.
J G Callander
241 - 251
A carved stone found on the beach at Fiscavaig was decorated with a spectacle ornament, a Z-shaped rod and a V-shaped rod, both with floriated ends, and a crescent symbol. These symbols are only found in Scotland. A hoard found near Crichie comprised a bronze terret, a bronze ferrule for the butt of a spearhead, three complete pin heads of shale and part of a fourth. A group of five urns from Seamill found at different times are thought to have been part of a cemetery. Four contained cremated bone and one was buried within a small stone cist. Some of the bones from a single urn were stained green.
John Smith
251 - 258
The chapel was founded in 1541 and is thought to be the only one in Edinburgh which retained all of its pre-Reformation endowments. By a provision in the original Charter of Foundation and Mortification the Incorporation of the Hammermen of Edinburgh were appointed patrons and the chapel became their meeting place at the Reformation. A description of the various endowments, some of which were still paid at the time of writing, is provided.
J T Gordon
264 - 265
A stone-built short cist contained sand and cremated human bone intermingled throughout its interior. No artefacts were present although three of the bones had green staining thought to have been caused by proximity to a bronze object. The bones were identified as those of a single adult individual.
W D Simpson
265 - 266
A small stone circle comprises six surviving stones, two of which have been disturbed. The tallest stone measures only three and a half feet from the existing ground surface.
R Lockhart Bryden
266 - 268
An urn discovered by workmen contained cremated human bone. There were no artefacts and no trace of a cist or other structure. The urn may have been associated with a small cairn comprising earth and stones.
Archibald Fairbairn
269 - 289
The article summarises excavation of a variety of sites including Bronze Age hut circles, burial cairns, some with evidence of in situ cremation and many with urns. The cairn at Marchhouse contained an inverted urn with cremated bone associated with an incense cup, bone pin and bronze awl. Medieval circular stone dwellings and later oblong dwellings were excavated. The probable home of a Covenanter John Brown, who was shot in 1685 receives particular attention.
Warren R Dawson
290 - 296
A double mummy case in the National Museum contains two children. It is thought to have been discovered in Thebes and belong to the Roman period. One of the children, a male infant, was examined in detail. The latter is noteworthy because of the high quality of the embalming process which was not generally observed for children. The mummy of a woman at the Royal Scottish Museum dates to the eighth century BC.
Hugh Marwick
296 - 301
A provisional account of the discovery of a hexagonal stone-built chamber with wall recesses and a passageway. The roof would have comprised overlapping stone slabs supported by four pillars. Quantities of disarticulated human bone were recovered from within the chamber. A brief note on the bones suggests they are mainly immature.
Thomas H Bryce
301 - 317
The human bone assemblage from Ackergill comprised a group of 14 articulated adults and children while the material from Rennibister was disarticulated and included 12 children and 6 adults. The report focuses mainly on metric measurements and skeletal morphology.
J G Callander
318 - 327
A large collection of microlithic tools was found on Drybrugh Mains Farms. The tools are made mainly of stone with some flint and include scrapers, blades, flakes, cores and chips.
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